|Canto 11: General History||Chapter 22: Enumeration of the Elements of Material Creation|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.22.21
catvāry eveti tatrāpi
teja āpo 'nnam ātmanaḥ
jātāni tair idaḿ jātaḿ
catvāri — four; eva — also; iti — thus; tatra — in that case; api — even; tejaḥ — fire; āpaḥ — water; annam — earth; ātmanaḥ — from the Self; jātāni — all arising; taiḥ — by them; idam — this cosmos; jātam — has come about; janma — the birth; avayavinaḥ — of the manifest product; khalu — indeed.
Some philosophers propose the existence of four basic elements, of which three — fire, water and earth — emanate from the fourth, the Self. Once existing, these elements produce the cosmic manifestation, in which all material creation takes place.
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